||04-01-14 12:12 PM
Originally Posted by tsl
A friend of mine just sent pics of his new Surly Straggler build. It's not even dirty yet, but based on the few miles he has on it, he likes it a lot. He built it up with a Sora triple, BB7 brakes, Shimano Alfine dyno hub in front, B&M lights, Topeak Super Tourist disc rack, and SKS fenders. He's running 40mm tires on it now, planning on 28s for summer.
If it turns out aluminum with rim brakes is in the cards for you, I'm very pleased with the Ribble Winter/Audax I built up last spring. I bought it because it was cheap, intending to replace it when I could afford better. It's so nice, I changed my plans. It's a keeper. The bare frame is $143
, I also bought the $121 Deda Black Rain carbon fork with fender eyelets
. Plan on $80 for trans-Atlantic air freight.
It requires 57mm "long-reach" brake calipers, like Shimano BR-651. It fits 25mm Conti 4-Seasons under SKS P-35 fenders right out of the box. When I went up to 28mm 4-Seasons, I needed Reacharound Fender Brackets
for the back.
Ribble also has a very similar frame in Reynolds 525 for $242
Nice options there, thanks. And your friend's bike looks pretty good, too. I might go for the Tiagra 10-sp or something.
Odd that frame you built up, it says it only takes up to 23mm tires, but you actually did fit 28's with fenders?
Originally Posted by john.b
Long Tom found a deal on an REI Novara Strada with the 20% member coupon (annual membership is a jackson).
Carbon fork and 105/FSA parts to start with, would probably be cheaper than starting to build up a frameset from the ground up.
but but but.... I like putting stuff together!! :p
Nice deal, though. My 2011 Z85 retailed for $1149 new I think, and I got it for 900 in 2012, with all 105 except FSA Vero crankset.